SWSLHD Equity Strategy
The Equity Strategy will provide an approach to embedding health equity within South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) to ensure the needs of diverse population groups are reflected in services planning and policy development.
Working In Locationally Disadvantaged (WiLD) Communities Learning by Doing Training Program
Locationally disadvantaged communities typically have high levels of concentrated disadvantage, unemployment, poor educational outcomes, and poor access to services and infrastructure. The material deprivation & increased stressors faced by residents living in these communities impact on their health & wellbeing which creates challenges to the public health workforce. In 2006, a needs assessment, conducted to understand the capacity of the health workforce working in locational disadvantage, found that there was a limited understanding in the workforce of how to identify & implement effective interventions. The Working in Locationally Disadvantaged Communities (WiLDC) program was developed by CHETRE to address these workforce needs with the aim of building workforce capacity and engaging communities.
Desktop Health Impact Assessment of Seniors Living Complexes
Two new Seniors Livings Dwellings are being developed in Claymore. FACS are interested in identifying ways of maximising the potential health and wellbeing benefits of the new facilities. CHETRE will prepare and facilitate a half day desktop HIA workshop with key stakeholders. The workshop will incorporate consideration of previous HIA recommendations (Rosemeadow and Macquarie Fields). Recommendations will be developed during the workshop to improve health & wellbeing outcomes for Claymore seniors.
Health and Housing Partnership Objective 2: Housing for Health Pilot
The project aims to utilise the ‘HealthHabitat’ methodology in making changes to environmental conditions to improve health status and reduce the risk of disease and injury. The pilot aims to women who are pregnant and improve their housing so that the health of their newborn infant is improved. The project will be conducted in a South Western Sydney in one areas however will be used as a pilot to inform scaling up in other areas.
Smoking in Pregnancy: Feasibility of Incentives based Program in SWSLHD
The project aims to explore the appropriateness of an incentive-based approach to smoking cessation in pregnant women using a predominately qualitative research approach. This project will involve two stages. Stage 1 will be a scoping review identifying existing examples/options and evidence base for smoking cessation in pregnancy. Stage 2 will involve consultations via interviews and/or focus groups with the key target group (pregnant women in SWSLHD) as well as service providers to explore the feasibility and/or applicability of incentive based approaches for smoking cessation.
Evaluation of Housing Relocation Referral Pathway for Clients Identified as Experiencing Moderate to Severe Mental Illness During Relocation Process
The Objective One Working Group has identified a need to understand and document how the relocation support process affects tenants, families and community health and to identify opportunities to strengthen health and wellbeing outcomes within the relocation process. This project includes a process evaluation that focuses on the way the referral pathways service has been implemented and is operating, identifying how the pathway ‘works’ to achieve outcomes, and an outcomes evaluation to identify the actual outcomes achieved by the referral pathways and any unintended consequences.